Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Spring Break is almost here, and if decades of MTV Spring Break programming taught us anything, that means cruising to your nearest beach for a week of revelry along a pristine coastal paradise. In short: it's time to party.
But what if you're not trying to break the bank? Look no future than this article, which lists out plenty of cheap Spring Break trips that shouldn't cost you too much. With these cheap Spring Break ideas, you can still book a fun getaway without leaving a palm-tree-shaped hole in your bank account.
Average high in March: 82°F
Rife with all-inclusive hotels and white-sand beaches, Punta Cana has the look of a quintessential Caribbean getaway. What makes it one of the best cheap Spring Break trips is its bountious activities, from deep-sea fishing to world-class golfing to snorkeling to (excited gasp!) swimming with dolphins. If you're the type that just wanted to stake your claim on the beach, there's plenty of space for that, too.
Punta Cana: Hotel Deals (hotel-only starts at $68; air-inclusive starts at $499)
Average high in March: 74°F
Why Jacksonville? Because if you're going to go anywhere, go someplace warm and near the coast. While Jacksonville isn't as sexy as Cabo or Jamaica, it has some underrated beaches—namely, the Jacksonville Beaches, located along a barrier island in northern Florida. After lounging under the sun, have a cold beer at the Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery tour.
Average high in March: 87°F
One of the most-popular cheap Spring Break destinations of all-time, Cancún and its beach-lined Hotel Zone attract everyone from college students to families in search of a little R&R. If you're thinking all-inclusive (meaning you never really need to leave the hotel), you can save a bundle by choosing one of our deals that include airfare, hotel, and the all-inclusive plan.
Cancún: Hotel Deals (hotel-only start at $83; air-inclusive deals start at $479)
Average high in March: 78°F
You might think that the only reason to visit Orlando is to visit a number of theme parks well outside your price range. But there are plenty of other things to do, from swimming in the river at Wekiwa Springs State Park to boat tours through Winter Park. You're also within an hour's drive of either coast (the Atlantic or the Gulf). And hotel stays here are exceeding reasonable, so you might save enough cash to do a theme park after all.
Average high in March: 72°F
Outside of the coasts, there's no better nightlife than the Live Music Capital of the World. With about 200 music venues at your disposal, you can dance every night to a different sound, from country/western bands honoring the past to electro-indie groups riding a wave into the future. The bars along Austin's famous Sixth Street make for eclectic bar-hopping, with a quirky mix of cowboy dive bars, craft breweries, and charming cocktail lounges.
Average high in March: 47°F
If you live in New York City (three hours away), you probably don't care about higher temperatures and beach bods. Laid-back and tranquil, with beaches, sand dunes, and sunsets, Montauk can soothe a your jangled nerves and ease the pressures of living in one of the world's densest population centers. With reasonably priced accommodations, it's one of the Northeast's most-underrated getaways.
Average high in March: 70°F
This is one of the best cheap Spring Break ideas if you can stay disciplined enough not to spend too much money on the casino floor. Our Vegas hotel deals are exceedingly affordable, often running below $25/night. Grab tickets to one of the city's cheap shows under $50, and balance that with an outdoor retreat—perhaps a day trip to Mount Charleston or Red Rock Canyon.
Average high in March: 40°F
A beach is a beach, no matter the latitude. Ok, so spring is still off-season in northern Michigan (with average highs in the 40s and 50s), but in comparison to our other Spring Break ideas you'll likely find cheaper prices and fewer crowds in this Lake Michigan resort town, which sits just an hour's drive east of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. If it's not warm enough for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing in the streams surrounding town, then at least it'll be cold enough to ski at the nearby trails.
Average high in March: 79°F
The weather is lovely year-round in San Diego, and since Spring Break is a part of the year, it's a lovely time to visit. With dramatic Pacific coastline, an urban park with one of the world's best zoos, and first-rate microbreweries, San Diego exudes laid-back vibes. As large cities go, there is no better place to relax.
Average high in March: 51°F
Here's the deal: it's always pretty chilly in Ireland, so you might as well go when you have a string of days off. The good news is that no European country (aside from Iceland) is closer than Ireland, which means the airfare tends to be cheaper. Aside from being budget friendly, the country swells with charm, marked by stunning cliff-lined coasts, idyllic towns, and an abundance of pubs where you can unwind with a tall pint of Guinness.
Ireland: Hotel Deals (air-inclusive deals starting at $799)